The Department of Defense said it's looking to lease space in the president's pricey Manhattan residence.
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The Pentagon is reportedly looking into renting some space at Trump Tower, our president's pricey Manhattan residence, in an effort to protect and assist him when he's away from his new digs at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in DC.
"In order to meet official mission requirements, the Department of Defense is working through appropriate channels and in accordance with all applicable legal requirements in order to acquire a limited amount of leased space in Trump Tower," a Defense Department spokesman told CNN Tuesday. "The space is necessary for the personnel and equipment who will support the POTUS at his residence in the building."
The "mission" in this case would not only be to protect Trump and his family while they're at the Tower, but also keep the so-called "nuclear football" close to the president. The "football" is just what the government calls the emergency suitcase filled with the materials the president would need should he have to authorize a nuclear attack while he's away from the White House.
While its not unheard of for military personnel to make these kinds of accommodations at a sitting president's home base—like it did when Obama was still in office—renting a floor at Trump Tower could cost the taxpayers approximately $1.5 million a year, according to a rep from the commercial real estate company. As the New York Times points out, that money from the Defense Department would be directly benefitting one of President Trump's businesses, as the building is owned by the Trump Organization.
New York City has already spent a large chunk of money to accommodate the president at his 5th Avenue pent house. Before he moved into the White House, the city was paying $500,000 every day to secure the building, according to Mayor Bill de Blasio.